Sergio Aguero struggling with injury at Manchester City Pep Guardiola

Posted October 01, 2018

Brighton hadn't beaten Manchester City since 1989 when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister but Pep Guardiola's side are a different animal nowadays to the Ian Brightwell era.

Signed from Monaco for a reported world-record fee in the summer of 2017, Benjamin Mendy has only recently broken into double-figures in terms of Premier League appearances.

"I believe too much in that team, in those guys", he said.

That suggests they might limit City to a respectable scoreline, although the fact that Guardiola's team scored three at home to Brighton last season indicates they have the capability to open a wider gap this time.

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"I want all my players to be focused and when they do that there is no problem at all, when they don't do that they know what happens".

'Go to Anfield, win, lose, whatever.

Star playmaker Ilkay Gundogan was the star of the show during Man City's win over Cardiff City last weekend.

Brighton's only heavy defeat away to a big-six team was 4-0 at Liverpool on the final day of last season and the usual margin of defeat is two goals (five times out of eight, including the FA Cup match).

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Despite De Bruyne's absence City have been as strong as ever collecting 19 points from their first seven games to see them placed joint-top of the table. The France global has also been criticised for his social media use and has taken a break since being pictured at Anthony Joshua's fight in London last Saturday night, hours before his late appearance.

The Belgian worldwide was pivotal last season as they won the Premier League and EFL Cup, contributing 12 goals to Pep Guardiola's side. They lost the first game in the Carabao Cup [against Chelsea last week] but at Anfield they score a lot of goals, they don't concede.

But the 27-year-old did not require surgery and has returned before City face Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Tuesday. "We are going to try again".

"Last season we made 100 points".

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